Mahindra South Africa is showcasing its full range of products, including its generators, pick-ups and SUVs, construction equipment and now – for the first time – its range of newly launched tractors and farming implements, to the public at this week’s NAMPO Agricultural Trade Show in Bothaville, Free State.
One of the largest drawcards will be Mahindra’s range of pick-ups and SUVs, including several special edition models that will be on display for the first time in South Africa.
Taking centre stage is the Pik Up S6 Kalahari, an eye-catching single cab special edition Mahindra Pik-Up with the choice of 4×2 or 4×4 transmission. The Kalahari is kitted with front and rear replacement bumpers from BTM and special custom off-road alloys from A Line fitted with 235R70 16″ dual-purpose tyres.
The S6 Kalahari also has a tonneau cover, a roll bar and side steps as standard and is fitted with a chrome accent grille, which is similar to that on the S10 Karoo and S11 Scorpio. A custom-designed S6 Kalahari decal set rounds off the visual additions.
“With the Pik Up now locally manufactured, we are able to develop special edition models that fit our customers’ tastes, while still keeping our affordable prices. With that in mind, the S6 Kalahari is available at R279 999 for the 4×2 Single Cab and R322 999 for the 4×4 Single Cab,” says Rajesh Gupta, CEO of Mahindra South Africa.
“It is very fitting to launch the S6 Kalahari at NAMPO, as it celebrates our first year of local Pik Up production. We have proudly built over 1 500 new Pik Up models in Durban since officially opening the plant in May last year.”
Mahindra has also unveiled a special Farmer’s Kit. The kit, which can be fitted to a Pik Up, bundles several of the most popular optional extras requested by farmers into an affordable special kit. The kit includes cattle rails, a front wrap-around replacement bumper and a rear replacement bumper and a snorkel. Pricing for a Pik Up with Farmer’s Kit starts at R219 999
Rounding off the special edition Pik Ups on show is the S10 Karoo, a very popular flagship model launched earlier this year.
The Pik Up range is joined by a new S11 Scorpio Adventure. It is the Scorpio Adventure’s first viewing at NAMPO and it boasts a Bundu Gear tow bar and nudge bar, a custom-designed roof rack, unique 17″ alloy wheels and a rain visor set. Mahindra has also added special Dirtbuster carpets, for added off road functionality. The S11 Adventure is available at R329 999.
Mahindra has also unveiled several other special editions and will offer show specials on vehicles and equipment to NAMPO visitors.
The Mahindra THAR boasts two different special editions at NAMPO. The first, the THAR Adventure, was unveiled recently and has sold very well, thanks to its inclusion of special off-road bumpers, a steel canopy, a snorkel and off-road rims and tyres.
The Adventure is joined by a Hun-Thar, which was created in response to enquiries from the hunting community and offers off-road alloy wheels and tyres, a snorkel and a hunting frame with gun rest. The Hun-Thar is available from R262 999.
Alongside the range of vehicles, Mahindra has several sales and after-sales specials at NAMPO.
The company first unveiled its range of tractors to the media at the start of May and will showcase the full range of tractors and implements at the show, which is specifically targeted at the agricultural community.
Mahindra is world’s No 1 tractor manufacturer by volume and is parent to several well-known brands, including Mahindra, Erkunt and Mitsubishi tractors, Hisarlar implements and Sampo Rosenlew combine harvesters.
All Mahindra tractor models feature very durable turbodiesel engines, and farmers can expect a heavy-duty cast iron chassis, the choice of two- and four-wheel drive, a two-speed power take-off system (PTO) and Mahindra’s proprietary Easy Shift synchromesh gearbox.
All models are sold with a standard 2-year / 2 500-hour drivetrain warranty and prices start at R432 995, including VAT, for the 6000 series model and R297 995, including VAT, for the 7500 model.
“In regions such as India and North America, Mahindra has become a best seller because of its combination of durability, ease of use and ease of maintenance. In our real-world testing on South African farms, we found that local farmers expect the same qualities in their tractors, so we believe that they will be equally popular here,” says Gupta.
While the range of Mahindra tractors will take centre stage at NAMPO, Mahindra will also showcase many of its other implements and other farming products. These include Mahindra and Hisarlar implements such as tillers, feeders, planters, mulchers and shredders.
Later during the year, Mahindra plans to launch a range of Sampo Rosenlew Combine Harvesters. Sampo is a Finnish company that is world-renowned for its modern harvesters. It is a market leader in both hot and cold climates.
All the above will now be available to farmers through its agriculture retail partner, MB Plant South Africa.
Mahindra‘s tractors and other farming equipment represent its fourth distinct business in South Africa. Starting with its range of pick-ups and SUVs in 2004, Mahindra has since also launched its Powerol range of industrial power generators and its Mahindra Earth Master yellow metal construction vehicles, which include a highly efficient Tractor-Loader-Backhoe (TLB) and a Motor Grader.
For Mahindra, the NAMPO Harvest Festival holds a special place in its almost 15-year history in South Africa. When it first launched in the country, it showed its range of pick-ups and SUVs at this show and it has since built a large customer base among farmers.
“The farming community holds a very special place for us. Local farmers first supported us when we launched our vehicle range in 2004 and they remain one of our largest customer groups,” says Gupta.
The NAMPO Show is open to the public from Tuesday, 14 May to Thursday, 17 May in Bothaville, Free State.